Posts Tagged ‘ war ’

Tripoli bombed as Libya descends further into chaos; Egypt denies involvement

August 25, 2014
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The Telegraph [UK]    

"War planes attacked targets in Libya's capital Tripoli on Sunday, hours after forces from the city of Misrata said they had seized the main airport. Tripoli residents heard jets followed by explosions at dawn, but it was not clear who sent the planes. Egypt's president denied on Sunday any military involvement in Libya -- a day after Islamist militias accused Cairo and the United Arab Emirates of bombing their posts in Tripoli." (08/24/14)

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Gaza: Hamas says Israel kills three top commanders

August 21, 2014
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Gulf Business [United Arab Emirates]    

"An Israeli air strike killed three senior Hamas military commanders in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, the Islamist group said .... Hamas, which dominates the Gaza Strip, named the men as Mohammed Abu Shammala, Raed al-Attar and Mohammed Barhoum and said they were killed in a bombing of a house in the southern town of Rafah. ... Late on Tuesday Israel targetted Hamas’s top military commander, Mohammed Deif, but failed to kill him. Deif’s wife and seven-month-old son were killed in the air strike, Hamas said." (08/21/14)

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Gaza: Several killed during attempt to disable Israeli missile

August 13, 2014
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The Guardian [UK]    

"An unexploded Israeli missile in Gaza went off as bomb experts were trying to defuse it, leaving five people dead, including an Italian Associated Press journalist, on the last day of a 72-hour truce. ... The missile detonated as bomb squad officers were trying to dismantle it, killing at least five and wounding another five, three of them critically, Kamal Adwan hospital spokesman Muayin al-Masri told AFP." (08/13/14)

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Under the Constitution: Limited strikes qualify as war

August 10, 2014
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10th Amendment Center Tenth Amendment Center
by Michael Boldin  

"Confronted with the Constitutional requirement that Congress is the federal branch that determines when the country goes to war, supporters of unilateral executive power will often take one of two paths to avoid following the Constitutional mandate that Congress declare the war before the Executive can take action. 1. Refer to the action as defensive. ... 2. Refer to the action as something other than 'war.'" (08/09/14)

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DPR: Ukrainian troops edge closer to Donetsk

August 5, 2014
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Houston Chronicle    

"Ukrainian troops took control of a checkpoint Tuesday on the western edge of the [seceded] city of Donetsk as the government makes further gradual advances to quash separatist forces in the east. An Associated Press reporter saw a tank waving the blue-and-yellow Ukrainian flag in the suburb of Marinka, which lies on a key road into Donetsk. Rebel combatants could still be seen in sniper positions in a nearby area closer to the city center." (08/05/14)

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Gaza: 30 injured in attack during “humanitarian window”

August 4, 2014
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ABC News    

"Israeli forces struck a Gaza beach camp after the start of a seven-hour 'humanitarian window' Monday, with the attack injuring 30 relatives, the Palestinian health ministry said. The strike happened at Al-Shata Refugee Camp in west Gaza City, ABC News has learned. That's far from Rafah, in southern Gaza, which has been the scene of particularly heavy fighting and strikes the past few days. Israel’s self-declared truce -- which Hamas has not agreed to -- does not include areas where its soldiers were already operating." (08/04/14)

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Gaza: “Humanitarian” ceasefire unravels within hours

August 1, 2014
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Fox News    

"A three-day cease-fire on the Gaza Strip that began Friday quickly fell apart, with both Israel and Hamas leveling accusations of violating the truce at each other within hours of it beginning. The cease-fire took effect at 8 a.m. local time and was expected to last for a period of 72 hours. However, nearly two hours after the cease-fire went into effect, Israeli tanks shelled the eastern part of Rafah, which lies close to Gaza's borders with Israel and Egypt, killing at least four people and wounding 15, Gaza officials told the Associated Press." (08/01/14)

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Iraq: More than 5,000 killed in July

August 1, 2014
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com    

"Antiwar.com has determined that at least 5,207 people were killed and 2,018 more were wounded during the month of July. Our analysis of the figures is below. Also, the Kurdish government is asking the U.S. government for weaponry, and the Mosul Brigades appears to be quickly gathering strength. If both groups gain reinforcements, it could mean higher figures for August." (07/31/14)

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Gaza: Israeli tank shells strike UN school, killing 15

July 30, 2014
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New York Post    

"Israeli tank shells slammed into a crowded U.N. school Wednesday sheltering Gazans displaced by fighting, killing 15 and wounding 90 after tearing through the walls of two classrooms, a spokesman for a U.N. aid agency and a health official said. The relentless bombardment also killed 27 Palestinians elsewhere in the coastal territory Wednesday, further dimming hopes of a sustainable cease-fire." (07/30/14)

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Iraq: At least 147 killed

July 30, 2014
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com    

"Civilian and security forces suffered little today, but the Iraqi government reported that 147 militants were killed in various locations. Only one policeman was killed and 10 others were wounded. Meanwhile, ISIS released a video displaying part of their grim occupation. The Islamic State released video footage of hundreds of dead bodies. The exact number is unclear as when the video was taken." (07/29/14)

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Afghanistan: Militants storm Pakistan check posts, six killed

July 30, 2014
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The Daily Star [Lebanon]    

"t least six militants were killed when Pakistan's military thwarted an attack on its check posts near the Afghan border, officials said Wednesday. 'About 70 to 80 terrorists physically attacked the posts, six terrorists were killed and nine injured due to an effective response by Pakistani troops,' a security official said." (07/30/14)

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Libya: Militants seize Benghazi special forces base

July 30, 2014
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Los Angeles Times    

"Islamist militants took control of the biggest special forces base in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi on Tuesday after a battle that killed 30 people. Soldiers abandoned their base after heavy shelling, according to Saiqa Special Forces officer Fadel Al-Hassi. ... Benghazi has become the epicenter of fighting between government special forces, who have teamed up with troops loyal to rogue former general Khalifa Haftar, and the coalition of Islamic groups Benghazi Shura Council and Islamist Ansar al Sharia." (07/30/14)

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Prosecutor: “Compelling” signs Kosovo leaders trafficked in organs

July 29, 2014
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Los Angeles Times    

"A special prosecutor appointed by the European Union to investigate allegations of war crimes by Kosovo Albanian leaders said Tuesday he had found 'compelling indications' of crimes against humanity, including the killing of minorities to harvest and sell their organs. The organ trafficking incidents during the Kosovars' 1998-99 war for independence from Serbia appear to have been fewer than 10, said Clint Williamson, the U.S. prosecutor named in 2011 to investigate reports of atrocities condoned by leaders of the Kosovo Liberation Army." (07/29/14)

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Gaza: Hamas, Israel trade blame for playground murders

July 29, 2014
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Global News [Canada]    

"Hamas and Israel blamed each other for an explosion at a Gaza park Monday that killed at least 10 Palestinians -- including nine children playing on a swing -- in a horrific scene that underscored the heavy price civilians are paying in the conflict. Israel’s military said a rocket misfired by Gaza militants was responsible, and it later released aerial photos that it said showed the weapon’s path. Gaza officials blamed Israeli airstrikes." (07/28/14)

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DPR: At least 19 civilians killed in fierce fighting

July 29, 2014
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Reuters    

"Intense fighting between [invading] Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian [troops in Donetsk People's Republic] killed at least 19 civilians, local officials said on Tuesday, as Kiev pressed an offensive to close in on the separatists. ... Officials said 14 people, including five children, were killed in fighting on Monday evening in the town of Gorlovka/Horlivka, one of several spots that saw fierce battles between the rival forces in the last few days. In the city of Luhansk, officials said five civilians were killed when shelling hit a retirement home." (07/29/14)

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Huge blaze out of control in Tripoli battle as Libya slides into chaos

July 29, 2014
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The Globe and Mail [Canada]    

"A huge fuel depot in Libya’s capital burned out of control on Monday, set ablaze in fighting between rival militias that has driven the country to chaos three years after the NATO-backed revolt that toppled Muammar Gaddafi ... Foreign governments have looked on powerless as anarchy sweeps across the North African oil producer. Western countries have urged their nationals to leave, shut their embassies and pulled diplomats out, after two weeks of clashes among rival factions of former rebels killed nearly 160 people in Tripoli and the eastern city of Benghazi." (07/29/14)

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274 killed across Iraq as Mosul residents defy ISIS

July 29, 2014
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com    

"At least 274 people were killed and 96 more were wounded in violence across the country. Over 200 of those reported killed were militants. Most of the wounded were civilians or security personnel. Residents of Mosul banded together to stop the destruction of an 840-year-old structure known as the Crooked Minaret. Residents of Mosul are also avoiding worshipping in ISIL-controlled mosques during the Eid holiday." (07/28/14)

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Afghanistan: Karzai cousin/ally killed in Kandahar suicide attack

July 29, 2014
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Guardian [UK]    

"A cousin and close ally of the outgoing Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, has been killed in a suicide attack in the volatile southern city of Kandahar on Tuesday, officials said, raising tensions during a struggle over the contested election result. Hashmat Karzai was a campaign manager in Kandahar for Ashraf Ghani, one of the two presidential candidates involved in a bitter dispute over fraud that threatens to pitch the country into worsening instability." (07/29/14)

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Gaza: Rocket fire, airstrikes follow brief lull in violence

July 28, 2014
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Boston Globe    

"Israeli jets struck three sites in Gaza on Monday after a rocket was launched at Israel, the military said, disrupting a relative lull in the war-torn territory at the start of a major Muslim holiday. The strikes followed an almost 12-hour pause in fighting and came as international efforts intensified to end the three-week war between Israel and Hamas."

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Libya: US evacuates embassy amid clashes

July 28, 2014
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Chicago Sun-Times    

"The United States shut down its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort amid a significant deterioration in security in Tripoli as fighting intensified between rival militias, the State Department said. 'Due to the ongoing violence resulting from clashes between Libyan militias in the immediate vicinity of the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, we have temporarily relocated all of our personnel out of Libya,' spokeswoman Marie Harf said." (07/26/14)

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DPR: Fighting rages around Flight 17 crash site

July 28, 2014
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CBS News    

"At least eight civilians have been killed by fighting and shelling in two [Donetsk People's Republic] cities held by [DPR troops, officials in the rebellion-wracked east said Monday. Authorities in Luhansk that five people were killed and 15 injured by overnight artillery strikes. Three were killed in Donetsk as a result of clashes, the city's government said. Territory between the cities has seen intensified fighting as [invading Ukrainian] government troops try to gain control over the area where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was downed earlier this month." (07/28/14)

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Iraq: 20 killed

July 28, 2014
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IANS [India]    

"As many as 20 militants were killed in separate clashes in eastern Iraq, as the country continues to stave off a Sunni militant onslaught, security sources said on Sunday. The eastern province of Diyala witnessed security forces recapturing seven villages near Udheim city, north of provincial capital Baquba. The clashes there saw the death of nine militants, Xinhua quoted a provincial police source as saying." (07/28/14)

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Attacks across Afghanistan kill 15

July 28, 2014
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Prince George Citizen [Canada]    

"Attacks across Afghanistan, including hundreds of Taliban fighters swarming police checkpoints across the south, killed at least 15 people Saturday, officials said, as a recount in the country's presidential election halted before a major holiday. The Taliban attacks focused on Kandahar province, where Taliban fighters killed six police officers -- including a district police chief -- in assaults on some 15 checkpoints, said Dawa Khan Menapal, a spokesman for the provincial governor. Menapal said reinforcements later arrived to combat the Taliban fighters and the combat continued into Saturday night." (07/26/14)

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Syria: Gas field taken from hard-line Islamists

July 28, 2014
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Columbus Dispatch    

"The Syrian army said yesterday that it has recaptured a gas field east of the central city of Homs that was seized by hard-line Islamic State fighters this month. Syrian television showed footage of soldiers running and deploying in a vast desert area that it said was the Shaar gas field. The army said in a statement that it retook the field after a 'precise operation in which dozens of terrorists were killed.' However, a source from the Islamic State said the fighters pulled out after destroying the field’s equipment and capturing at least 15 tanks and dozens of rockets that were used to guard the field." (07/28/14)

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Pakistan: Seven killed in “tit for tat” attacks

July 28, 2014
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Dawn [Pakistan]    

"Two personnel of the Pakistan Rangers, Sindh, and a minor girl were gunned down in a Quaidabad area hours after the killing of four suspected militants in two separate encounters with the paramilitary force on Sunday, officials said. The two Rangers personnel -- Saifullah, 38, and Sanaullah, 35 -- posted at a Rangers checkpoint were targeted by gunmen riding a motorcycle when they went to a bazaar near the Hospital Chowrangi in Muslimabad on a motorbike to purchase ice for Iftar." (07/28/14)

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